Thursday, May 9, 2013

43 MWC Football Games announced for national broadcasts on ESPN Networks & CBS Sports

Saturday college football on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU has always been a big deal for diehard college fans. Yet many people have comlpained about the lack of exposure the MWC has ahd since they had been lacking the power of the worldwide leader in sports. During the offseason the MWC secured rights to sale a package of games that wouldn't be produced by CBS Sports to another cable group. In the end ESPN won the rights, and they are capitalizing those rights by announcing 15 additional games, all on Saturday, to their broadcast schedue today. Here's the press release.

ESPN Adds 15 Mountain West Conference College Football Telecasts for 2013

ESPN has added 15 Mountain West Conference college football games, all on Saturdays, to its 2013 schedule. Kick times and specific networks – including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ABC – will be determined during the season on a 12- or six-day basis.

ESPN previously announced seven Mountain West games for Thursday and Friday night telecasts. Overall, ESPN networks will carry 22 Mountain West home games this season as part of a new multi-year agreement with the conference.

The 2013 season marks the first year of the deal for rights to select conference-controlled football and basketball games through the 2019-20 campaign. As part of the agreement, ESPN acquired exclusive worldwide rights to up to 16 Mountain West football games plus every Boise State home game as well as up to 31 conference-controlled men’s basketball games annually.

The schedule is highlighted by multiple games featuring top teams from the Mountain West, including the three programs that claimed a share of the conference championship in 2012: Boise State (six games), Fresno State (four games) and San Diego State (three games). ESPN platforms will also carry six Air Force games, five of Nevada, four of UNLV, three of San Jose State and more.

2013 Mountain West Schedule
DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Sat, Sep 7TBDTennessee-Martin at Boise StateTBD
Fri, Sep 138 p.m.Air Force at Boise State *ESPN
Fri, Sep 209 p.m.Boise State at Fresno State *ESPN
Sat, Sep 21TBDWyoming at Air ForceTBD
Fri, Sep 279 p.m.Utah State at San Jose State *ESPN
Sat, Sep 28TBDSouthern Mississippi at Boise StateTBD
Fri, Oct 49 p.m.Nevada at San Diego State *ESPN
Sat, Oct 26TBDFresno State at San Diego StateTBD
Sat, Nov 2TBDNevada at Fresno StateTBD
TBDArmy at Air ForceTBD
Fri, Nov 89 p.m.Air Force at New Mexico *ESPNU
Sat, Nov 9TBDNevada at Colorado StateTBD
TBDUtah State at UNLVTBD
Sat, Nov 16TBDSan Jose State at NevadaTBD
TBDWyoming at Boise StateTBD
Thu, Nov 219:30 p.m.UNLV at Air Force *ESPNU
Fri, Nov 229:30 p.m.Navy at San Jose State *ESPN2
Sat, Nov 23TBDNew Mexico at Fresno StateTBD
Sat, Nov 30TBDNew Mexico at Boise StateTBD
TBDSan Diego State at UNLVTBD
TBDAir Force at Colorado StateTBD

* Previously announced


Media contact: Mike Humes at 860-766-2233;

And since I'm posting this new announcement, if you missed the CBS Sports Network games that were previously annonced, here is a copy of their release.

Mountain West Announces 2013 CBS Sports Network Football Television Schedule

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West released its 21-game 2013 national television football package with CBS Sports Network today. The slate features 13 Conference games and nine non-conference match-ups.
The CBS Sports Network schedule kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 29 with USC at Hawai‘i. That weekend, CBS Sports Network also will broadcast the Sunday, Sept. 1 contest between in-state rivals Colorado and Colorado State at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver at 4 p.m. MT.

CBS Sports Network is the Mountain West’s primary rights holder and today’s announcement marks the eighth season of MW football on the network.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, MW football membership will include Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the West Division.

Below is a listing of the 2013 CBS Sports Network games (all times ET).

Thur., Aug 29
USC at Hawai‘i 
11:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 1
Colorado vs. Colorado State
6:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 7
Utah State at Air Force*
3:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 7
Arizona at UNLV
10:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 21
Oregon State at San Diego State
7:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 28
UTEP at Colorado State
3:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 28
Air Force at Nevada*
7:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 4
BYU at Utah State
8:00 PM
Thur., Oct. 10
San Diego State at Air Force*
9:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 12
San Jose State at Colorado State*
3:30 PM
Sat., Oct. 12
Boise State at Utah State*
7:30 PM
Sat., Oct. 19
Nevada at Boise State*
8:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 26
Notre Dame at Air Force
5:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 2
Hawai‘i at Utah State*
4:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 2
Boise State at Colorado State*
8:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 9
San Diego State at San Jose State*
10:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 16
San Diego State at Hawai‘i*
10:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 23
Colorado State at Utah State*
3:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 23
Boise State at San Diego State*
10:30 PM
Fri., Nov. 29
Fresno State at San Jose State*
3:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 30
BYU at Nevada
3:00 PM

*Mountain West Game

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